Black and African American Therapists in Tucson, AZ

See all therapists in Tucson
Photo of Laura Tarver, Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Laura Tarver
Counselor, MCMHC, LAC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
I am able to offer client focus in African-American culture.
Hi my name is Laura (she/her/they), I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and I like to use the Humanistic Approach in counseling. I welcome serving all populations and diverse backgrounds. I have a down to earth, open minded, realistic, and empathetic therapy style. My therapeutic interventions are accommodating to the ebb and flow of your free will as you move towards achieving your mental health goals.
I am able to offer client focus in African-American culture.
Hi my name is Laura (she/her/they), I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and I like to use the Humanistic Approach in counseling. I welcome serving all populations and diverse backgrounds. I have a down to earth, open minded, realistic, and empathetic therapy style. My therapeutic interventions are accommodating to the ebb and flow of your free will as you move towards achieving your mental health goals.
(602) 755-9795 View (602) 755-9795
Photo of Kimberly Minton, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Tucson, AZ
Kimberly Minton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85702  (Online Only)
My practice is inclusive and welcoming to individuals from diverse backgrounds, including Black and people of color communities, those who identify within the QT2S+ spectrum, artists, activists, parents, immigrants, and dedicated professionals in the medical and educational fields.
I am an independently licensed clinician aiming to provide many clients with care. I am passionate about providing excellent care to vulnerable communities and individuals who traditionally have not have access. I'm here to walk with you on your path to well-being. As a mental health professional, my practice centers around evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). I specialize in providing support for anxiety, depression, and disordered eating, tailoring my approach to meet your unique needs.
My practice is inclusive and welcoming to individuals from diverse backgrounds, including Black and people of color communities, those who identify within the QT2S+ spectrum, artists, activists, parents, immigrants, and dedicated professionals in the medical and educational fields.
I am an independently licensed clinician aiming to provide many clients with care. I am passionate about providing excellent care to vulnerable communities and individuals who traditionally have not have access. I'm here to walk with you on your path to well-being. As a mental health professional, my practice centers around evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). I specialize in providing support for anxiety, depression, and disordered eating, tailoring my approach to meet your unique needs.
(206) 312-4714 View (206) 312-4714
Photo of Eric O Emerson Counseling & Consulting Inc., Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Eric O Emerson Counseling & Consulting Inc.
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MA, Ed, LISAC
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85711
African-American; Male Therapist; Trauma; Substance Abuse Counselor, Anger, Anxiety, Healthy Relationships, Behavior Specialist in public school system for 17 years; Counseling for Juvenile Justice system; Therapist for Child Protective Services.
My service goal is to provide the highest level of counseling services, in order to empower individuals to lead healthy and productive lives. Our services are directed towards the individual's ability to personalize and make counseling practical to their life experiences, thus enhancing feelings of belonging, acceptance of personal responsibility and empowering themselves to make choices and decisions that lead to positive consequences.
African-American; Male Therapist; Trauma; Substance Abuse Counselor, Anger, Anxiety, Healthy Relationships, Behavior Specialist in public school system for 17 years; Counseling for Juvenile Justice system; Therapist for Child Protective Services.
My service goal is to provide the highest level of counseling services, in order to empower individuals to lead healthy and productive lives. Our services are directed towards the individual's ability to personalize and make counseling practical to their life experiences, thus enhancing feelings of belonging, acceptance of personal responsibility and empowering themselves to make choices and decisions that lead to positive consequences.
(520) 441-3546 View (520) 441-3546
Photo of Benjamin Ayantola, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Benjamin Ayantola
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CCTP
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712
This has allowed me to live within three different cultures throughout my life; the Deaf culture, the Hearing culture, and the African-American culture.
Day by day life teaches us something new about ourselves and how we adjust to the obstacles that emerge in front of us. Overall wellness is often a process, one in which we may have the desire to pursue but lack the skillset to achieve. I strive to come along side of you in your pursuit to invest in yourself and mental wellbeing. Engaging in counseling services is an excellent way to deepen your self-awareness, and explore what you truly are capable of accomplishing in your life.
This has allowed me to live within three different cultures throughout my life; the Deaf culture, the Hearing culture, and the African-American culture.
Day by day life teaches us something new about ourselves and how we adjust to the obstacles that emerge in front of us. Overall wellness is often a process, one in which we may have the desire to pursue but lack the skillset to achieve. I strive to come along side of you in your pursuit to invest in yourself and mental wellbeing. Engaging in counseling services is an excellent way to deepen your self-awareness, and explore what you truly are capable of accomplishing in your life.
(520) 447-2446 View (520) 447-2446
Photo of Miguelángel Carlos Josemaría Federico Hassán, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Miguelángel Carlos Josemaría Federico Hassán
Licensed Professional Counselor, MPsy, LPC, CCATP, BHP, ACA
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85715
¿Te sientes abrumado, estresado? Soy Bilingüe, informado en trauma, amigo a AAPI and LGBTQ y proveo servicios de salud conductual, consejería y psicoterapia. Ayudo a gente que busca empoderamiento, alivio de angustia emocional, cambios y crecimiento y quiere mejorar tu situación. Tengo formación en psicoterapia basada en evidencia, el forense, trastornos coexistentes, MAT, tratamiento de PTSD y síntomas resultados por trauma y terapia enfocada en soluciones. Juntos podemos arreglar tu situación, mejorar tu estilo de vivir y desarrollar nuevos objetivos. Además, uso la tecnica de libertad emocional.
¿Te sientes abrumado, estresado? Soy Bilingüe, informado en trauma, amigo a AAPI and LGBTQ y proveo servicios de salud conductual, consejería y psicoterapia. Ayudo a gente que busca empoderamiento, alivio de angustia emocional, cambios y crecimiento y quiere mejorar tu situación. Tengo formación en psicoterapia basada en evidencia, el forense, trastornos coexistentes, MAT, tratamiento de PTSD y síntomas resultados por trauma y terapia enfocada en soluciones. Juntos podemos arreglar tu situación, mejorar tu estilo de vivir y desarrollar nuevos objetivos. Además, uso la tecnica de libertad emocional.
(520) 783-6981 View (520) 783-6981
Photo of Peacemakers Christian Family Counseling, Psychologist in Tucson, AZ
Peacemakers Christian Family Counseling
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85712
The mission of Peacemakers Christian Family Counseling is to provide individual counseling, family counseling and organizational consultation services from a Christian perspective. Peacemakers' services are available to everyone. You don't have to be a Christian to receive services and you don't have to become a Christian to benefit from services offered. My approach to counseling and therapy is to operationalize the power of love in the process of healing. My theoretical orientation is grounded in person-centered theory which recognizes that we as people naturally strive to be all that God has blessed us to be.
The mission of Peacemakers Christian Family Counseling is to provide individual counseling, family counseling and organizational consultation services from a Christian perspective. Peacemakers' services are available to everyone. You don't have to be a Christian to receive services and you don't have to become a Christian to benefit from services offered. My approach to counseling and therapy is to operationalize the power of love in the process of healing. My theoretical orientation is grounded in person-centered theory which recognizes that we as people naturally strive to be all that God has blessed us to be.
(520) 366-8495 View (520) 366-8495
Photo of Olive Branch Counseling Services, LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Olive Branch Counseling Services, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified
2 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85704
You may be coming here as an adult looking for support to manage everything going on even though it looks like you have it all together from an outsider’s perspective. People tell you “you’re killing it” but you feel burnt out and lost. Maybe you’re a stressed out parent trying to help your child or teen manage their emotional well being and they will talk to anyone besides you as their parent. Perhaps, you’re at an earlier stage of parenting and are pregnant, in the adoption process or navigating postpartum, needing space to figure out what this new role means. You may have tried therapy before and had difficulty clicking with a therapist or have been looking for weeks, even months, to find someone who’s bio you connect with.
You may be coming here as an adult looking for support to manage everything going on even though it looks like you have it all together from an outsider’s perspective. People tell you “you’re killing it” but you feel burnt out and lost. Maybe you’re a stressed out parent trying to help your child or teen manage their emotional well being and they will talk to anyone besides you as their parent. Perhaps, you’re at an earlier stage of parenting and are pregnant, in the adoption process or navigating postpartum, needing space to figure out what this new role means. You may have tried therapy before and had difficulty clicking with a therapist or have been looking for weeks, even months, to find someone who’s bio you connect with.
(520) 317-7895 View (520) 317-7895
Photo of Angela Daniels-Valenzuela, Art Therapist in Tucson, AZ
Angela Daniels-Valenzuela
Art Therapist, ATR-BC, LISAC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85704
Art Therapy is a therapeutic technique which allows you to explore various issues through art-making that can sometimes be difficult to express through traditional talk therapy. ​ The process of creating art can foster healing, increase self-awareness, and provide personal empowerment. Art Therapy is a unique form of therapy that allows you to take an active and creative role in the treatment process. ​ No previous art experience is needed, as you don’t have to be good at art to benefit from art therapy. The focus is on the process of creating the art rather than the final image.
Art Therapy is a therapeutic technique which allows you to explore various issues through art-making that can sometimes be difficult to express through traditional talk therapy. ​ The process of creating art can foster healing, increase self-awareness, and provide personal empowerment. Art Therapy is a unique form of therapy that allows you to take an active and creative role in the treatment process. ​ No previous art experience is needed, as you don’t have to be good at art to benefit from art therapy. The focus is on the process of creating the art rather than the final image.
(520) 231-7148 View (520) 231-7148
Photo of Counseling Consulting, LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Counseling Consulting, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC EAP, LMHC, LISAC, SAP CAP, IC&RC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85711
Life can be extremely difficult to navigate at times, especially when going through major life transitions. I work with adults and adolescents experiencing family conflict, depression, anxiety, stress-related issues, Grief and Loss, communication challenges, self-esteem issues. I am equipped with techniques that promote both verbal and non-verbal expressions in a therapeutic manner rather than stigmatizing. As a Substance Abuse Profesionnal (SAP) evaluate employees who have violated DOT drug and alcohol regulation and make recommendations education, treatment , continuing care, referrals for treatment, and follow-up testing.
Life can be extremely difficult to navigate at times, especially when going through major life transitions. I work with adults and adolescents experiencing family conflict, depression, anxiety, stress-related issues, Grief and Loss, communication challenges, self-esteem issues. I am equipped with techniques that promote both verbal and non-verbal expressions in a therapeutic manner rather than stigmatizing. As a Substance Abuse Profesionnal (SAP) evaluate employees who have violated DOT drug and alcohol regulation and make recommendations education, treatment , continuing care, referrals for treatment, and follow-up testing.
(808) 650-7566 View (808) 650-7566
Photo of Dolores K Fair, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Dolores K Fair
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
2 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85719
How can we find joy in a world full of turmoil: fires, hurricanes, shootings, political upheavals, wars, etc. This adds more stress to our already stressful lives. Sometimes, all we need is to have someone to talk to---someone unbiased and nonjudgmental. Sometimes, we need a little help and it is okay to ask for that help. We can work through the challenges that you face; like, grief and loss, couples' issues, self-esteem, depression, anxiety and trauma, to name a few. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call.
How can we find joy in a world full of turmoil: fires, hurricanes, shootings, political upheavals, wars, etc. This adds more stress to our already stressful lives. Sometimes, all we need is to have someone to talk to---someone unbiased and nonjudgmental. Sometimes, we need a little help and it is okay to ask for that help. We can work through the challenges that you face; like, grief and loss, couples' issues, self-esteem, depression, anxiety and trauma, to name a few. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call.
(520) 300-9879 View (520) 300-9879
Photo of Miguel C. Federico, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Miguel C. Federico
Licensed Professional Counselor, MPsy, LPC, CCATP, BHP, ACA
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85715
Are you stressed out or feeling down? I provide clinical counseling for people suffering from depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, mood disorders, Trauma, and PTSD. I also help people making decisions about their life and their future. I have 15 years of experience counseling, my B.A. in Mental Health/Developmental Psychology; Master's in Clinical Psychology/Community Mental Health Counseling; Post-Graduate study in Counseling Psychology; working on my Doctorate. Together, you and I can sort through what's overwhelming you or causing distress in your life. I am bilingual, Trauma- and Military-informed and AAPI- and LGBTQ-friendly.
Are you stressed out or feeling down? I provide clinical counseling for people suffering from depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, mood disorders, Trauma, and PTSD. I also help people making decisions about their life and their future. I have 15 years of experience counseling, my B.A. in Mental Health/Developmental Psychology; Master's in Clinical Psychology/Community Mental Health Counseling; Post-Graduate study in Counseling Psychology; working on my Doctorate. Together, you and I can sort through what's overwhelming you or causing distress in your life. I am bilingual, Trauma- and Military-informed and AAPI- and LGBTQ-friendly.
(520) 200-3606 View (520) 200-3606
Photo of Danica Williams, Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Danica Williams
Counselor, MA, LAC, PMH-C
Verified
3 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85704
My goal is to empower you to overcome obstacles, shed limiting beliefs, and cultivate a revitalized and fulfilled version of yourself. I have both the tools and expertise to help you shift negative perceptions; shaping the life you desire, and igniting a renewed sense of purpose.
My goal is to empower you to overcome obstacles, shed limiting beliefs, and cultivate a revitalized and fulfilled version of yourself. I have both the tools and expertise to help you shift negative perceptions; shaping the life you desire, and igniting a renewed sense of purpose.
(520) 597-4697 View (520) 597-4697
Photo of Drew Mark Watley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Drew Mark Watley
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC
3 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85716  (Online Only)
Great job in beginning a journey toward fulfillment! I am Dr. Drew Watley and I am a licensed professional counselor in Arizona. The best way to get in contact with me is by clicking the "My Website" link which will bring you to my telehealth platform provided by Sondermind.com. I work with clients of many different ages and backgrounds with varying concerns through a teletherapy practice which provides for greater flexibility and outreach. I specialize with clients who are members of the LGBTQ community, men's issues, and adolescents. Let's talk to see if we can build a healthy and positive therapeutic relationship together.
Great job in beginning a journey toward fulfillment! I am Dr. Drew Watley and I am a licensed professional counselor in Arizona. The best way to get in contact with me is by clicking the "My Website" link which will bring you to my telehealth platform provided by Sondermind.com. I work with clients of many different ages and backgrounds with varying concerns through a teletherapy practice which provides for greater flexibility and outreach. I specialize with clients who are members of the LGBTQ community, men's issues, and adolescents. Let's talk to see if we can build a healthy and positive therapeutic relationship together.
(520) 231-7255 View (520) 231-7255
Photo of Sarai Peguero, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Sarai Peguero
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85710  (Online Only)
All individuals deserve safe and non-judgmental therapeutic services, regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious belief. My approach to therapy is to provide a space where individuals receive unconditional positive regard and feel comfortable in actively working together as a team. My role is to provide insight and use my training to help you reach your goals.
All individuals deserve safe and non-judgmental therapeutic services, regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious belief. My approach to therapy is to provide a space where individuals receive unconditional positive regard and feel comfortable in actively working together as a team. My role is to provide insight and use my training to help you reach your goals.
View
Photo of Blue Agave Therapy and Wellness Services, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Tucson, AZ
Blue Agave Therapy and Wellness Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85719
Do you find yourself paralyzed by racing thoughts? Have you struggled to make it through the day or even to get out of bed? Do you look around at your life and feel like you should be happy but just can’t figure out why you aren’t? Anxiety and depression can manifest in many ways. You may feel stuck, sad, numb, or unable to accomplish even the simplest tasks. You may struggle at work, in relationships, and even in caring for yourself. You don’t have to struggle anymore. Anxiety and depression treatment targeted to the unique needs of women can help.
Do you find yourself paralyzed by racing thoughts? Have you struggled to make it through the day or even to get out of bed? Do you look around at your life and feel like you should be happy but just can’t figure out why you aren’t? Anxiety and depression can manifest in many ways. You may feel stuck, sad, numb, or unable to accomplish even the simplest tasks. You may struggle at work, in relationships, and even in caring for yourself. You don’t have to struggle anymore. Anxiety and depression treatment targeted to the unique needs of women can help.
(206) 594-5069 View (206) 594-5069
Photo of Courtney A Bassett, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Courtney A Bassett
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85706  (Online Only)
One size does not fit all, So I use a wide range of treatment modalities to help you find peace and discover your unique life more worth living. Together we can work on self love, reducing maladaptive behavior, addressing past abuse/chronic invalidation and uncover the "you" you seek. We will learn to cope more effectively, reduce worry and let go of the past in effective ways. I enjoy teaming with individuals from all walks of life. I take pride in the work I do, using a non judgmental, empathetic, and respectfully curious approach to get to know your individuality.
One size does not fit all, So I use a wide range of treatment modalities to help you find peace and discover your unique life more worth living. Together we can work on self love, reducing maladaptive behavior, addressing past abuse/chronic invalidation and uncover the "you" you seek. We will learn to cope more effectively, reduce worry and let go of the past in effective ways. I enjoy teaming with individuals from all walks of life. I take pride in the work I do, using a non judgmental, empathetic, and respectfully curious approach to get to know your individuality.
(480) 568-3520 View (480) 568-3520
Photo of Dr. Jeff J. Rocker, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Dr. Jeff J. Rocker
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, NCC, LPC, LPCC, LMHC
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85711
With 12 years of experience working with clients going through individual, relationship, and family issues, Celebrity Therapist Dr. Jeff Rocker has provided therapeutic services to clients nationwide. He is Licensed in 14 states and has served clients from all age groups. Over the years, Dr. Jeff has organized lectures and various events in the community, including excursions and retreats for couples to improve their communication and better understand each other. He has experience working with athletes in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. In addition, Dr. Jeff has also worked with clients in the Movie, Music, and Entertainment Industries.
With 12 years of experience working with clients going through individual, relationship, and family issues, Celebrity Therapist Dr. Jeff Rocker has provided therapeutic services to clients nationwide. He is Licensed in 14 states and has served clients from all age groups. Over the years, Dr. Jeff has organized lectures and various events in the community, including excursions and retreats for couples to improve their communication and better understand each other. He has experience working with athletes in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. In addition, Dr. Jeff has also worked with clients in the Movie, Music, and Entertainment Industries.
(520) 412-2403 View (520) 412-2403
Photo of Vickey L Simmons-Hart, Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Vickey L Simmons-Hart
Counselor, MA, MS
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85710  (Online Only)
Greetings! I'm Vickey Hart, a licensed associate clinical mental health counselor with almost a decade of experience in counseling and behavioral health. Specializing in aiding diverse populations, my therapeutic focus revolves around guiding individuals to overcome depression, anxiety, and trauma. In our initial sessions, we comprehensively assess presenting issues, collaboratively crafting a personalized plan fostering positive change and overall well-being. I'm delighted to share that many clients witness a gradual reduction in symptoms within the initial months of therapy, leading to sustained progress.
Greetings! I'm Vickey Hart, a licensed associate clinical mental health counselor with almost a decade of experience in counseling and behavioral health. Specializing in aiding diverse populations, my therapeutic focus revolves around guiding individuals to overcome depression, anxiety, and trauma. In our initial sessions, we comprehensively assess presenting issues, collaboratively crafting a personalized plan fostering positive change and overall well-being. I'm delighted to share that many clients witness a gradual reduction in symptoms within the initial months of therapy, leading to sustained progress.
(623) 624-8701 View (623) 624-8701
Photo of Sharon Kramer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Sharon Kramer
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712  (Online Only)
Has this year been a struggle? Are you tired of the emotional/behavioral cycles you keep finding yourself in? Maybe you are thinking that you want to round out 2023 and stride boldly into 2024 with a goal of moving past the emotional hurts and pains that may have been with you for years. I'm so glad you're here! You are courageous. You are seeking support now and that is the beauty of stepping out! You are aware that you are ready to work towards a sense of inner peace and success. Let's talk about how we can work together to achieve that fulfilling, satisfying and peaceful lifestyle you are seeking!
Has this year been a struggle? Are you tired of the emotional/behavioral cycles you keep finding yourself in? Maybe you are thinking that you want to round out 2023 and stride boldly into 2024 with a goal of moving past the emotional hurts and pains that may have been with you for years. I'm so glad you're here! You are courageous. You are seeking support now and that is the beauty of stepping out! You are aware that you are ready to work towards a sense of inner peace and success. Let's talk about how we can work together to achieve that fulfilling, satisfying and peaceful lifestyle you are seeking!
(520) 485-5710 View (520) 485-5710
Photo of Kimberley Joe, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Kimberley Joe
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85754  (Online Only)
Let's develop wellness goals that will help you navigate the peaks and valleys of daily life. My aim is to provide a safe, compassionate space for you to develop personal growth and healing. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) based in Oro Valley Arizona. As a rare Arizona native, I've been working in the behavioral health space for almost a decade helping individuals navigate depression, anxiety, substance use, trauma, and serious mental illness.In therapy, we will work towards a deeper understanding of the mind, body, and spirit connection. I look forward to speaking with you soon!
Let's develop wellness goals that will help you navigate the peaks and valleys of daily life. My aim is to provide a safe, compassionate space for you to develop personal growth and healing. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) based in Oro Valley Arizona. As a rare Arizona native, I've been working in the behavioral health space for almost a decade helping individuals navigate depression, anxiety, substance use, trauma, and serious mental illness.In therapy, we will work towards a deeper understanding of the mind, body, and spirit connection. I look forward to speaking with you soon!
(480) 718-8065 View (480) 718-8065

See more therapy options for Tucson


Black and African American Therapists

As an African American, why might I wish to see a therapist who is African American?

African American clients may seek out African American therapists for several reasons, foremost being a sense of cultural understanding and the possibility of shared experiences. Cultural sensitivity and context on the part of the therapist may make it easier to form a therapeutic alliance and to focus on the work of therapy without the need to explain or educate a therapist on cultural matters. It may also be empowering to work with a therapist who shares one’s racial or ethnic background. It is important to note that a therapist who demonstrates cultural sensitivity can be highly effective even if they do not share a client’s background or race.

Can clients benefit from working with a therapist who shares their race or ethnicity?

Yes, having a therapist who shares a client’s race or ethnicity is often valuable, especially if it fosters a strong therapeutic alliance between the two. While training, qualifications, and experience are always important, a strong alliance between client and therapist is a major contributor to therapeutic effectiveness. An alliance is likely to be strengthened with a therapist who has an understanding of a client’s background and perhaps also shared life experiences. It should be noted that many clients form a strong bond with their therapist regardless of their race or ethnicity. This is a personal decision, and it depends on the therapist, the client, and the connection between the two.

How might I inquire about a therapist’s experience working with African American clients?

Clients can ask therapists directly about their experience working with clients of diverse backgrounds, including with African American individuals. You may wish to inquire whether a therapist has undertaken training in cultural competence broadly, and how specifically they would ensure that their approach is sensitive to the needs of African American clients. Therapy involves honesty and trust, so it’s best for clients to share concerns about their therapist’s cultural competence at the outset. And a good clinician who is nonetheless not the right fit for you is often happy to make referrals based on the concerns you articulate.

Why is it important for a therapist to be culturally sensitive?

It’s important for a therapist to be culturally sensitive because everyone comes to therapy with a unique background and set of experiences. Being aware of culture and cultural differences between people is important for understanding clients, as is coming to therapy with an open mind, recognizing that the therapist doesn’t necessarily understand everything and that the client can help guide the way.

Who is included in Psychology Today's directory of Black therapists?

The directory of Black therapists includes therapists who have self-identified their ethnicity in their profiles. Psychology Today uses this information to assist clients in finding a therapist who can provide a cultural match. However, not all therapists choose to disclose their ethnicity in their profile, and they may not appear in search results for this reason. In situations where the number of therapists who have identified as Black is limited, the directory will also show therapists who have undergone specific multicultural training or have extensive experience working with clients from relevant cultural backgrounds.